Improving outcomes in maths and English

ccConsultancy have been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to support maths and English Continuing Professional Development (CPD). ETF are funded by the DfE to support staff in the post-16 sector.

We’re offering a range of engaging blended learning courses to support your personal skills and teaching approaches, and to help you and your organisation improve outcomes in maths and English.  Take a look at what’s on offer. If you have any queries, please get in touch with your Regional Specialist Lead. We look forward to working with you!

Courses

The blended learning courses shown below are a great opportunity to collaborate and network with other providers, or you may like to run one in-house just for your own staff.  All of these courses are are offered at a heavily subsidised rate. For full details of pricing and to book, please see our course booking form

Attendance & Motivation

Attendance and Motivation: Maths

This practical course will focus on how to engage and motivate learners to attend and remain on maths courses and will include supporting learners remotely and issues surrounding resilience and self-efficacy. The course will support practitioners to help learners with maths anxiety and recognise and address cognitive overload with strategies to support these issues.  Click here for more information and how to book

Attendance and Motivation: English

This course will focus on how to engage and motivate learners to attend and remain on English courses and will include supporting learners remotely and issues surrounding resilience and self-efficacy. The course will support practitioners to use innovative approaches to engage learners in reading and writing, drawing on recent practitioner research findings (from OTLA 6).  Click here for more information and how to book

Vocational/ Technical

Developing maths in vocational/ technical contexts

This course will support technical and vocational tutors, trainers and assessors to identify naturally occurring opportunities to develop learners’ maths skills which are needed for them to successfully complete their study programme, apprenticeship or vocational/ technical course.   Click here for more information and how to book

Developing English in vocational/ technical contexts

This course will support technical and vocational tutors, trainers and assessors to identify naturally occurring opportunities to develop learners’ English skills which are needed for them to successfully complete their study programme, apprenticeship or vocational/ technical course. Click here for more information and how to book

English

English: improving reading

This course will draw on best practice approaches to engage learners in reading for work, study and pleasure, in order that they can improve their confidence to respond to texts in class and during assessments. The course will consider reading at word, sentence and text levels and will include ‘whole text’ approaches that can be used with learners to develop a range of reading skills. Click here for more information and how to book

English: improving writing

This course will draw on best practice approaches to develop writing skills to produce coherent and cohesive texts which respond effectively to examination and occupational tasks: answers to reading questions, transactional and creative writing tasks. Click here for more information and how to book

English: Post-16 Phonics - improving spelling & basic reading

The course explores the principles and practices that underpin the Post 16 Phonics Toolkit. Participants will discuss the benefits and challenges of using phonics-based teaching and then explore the key concepts, terminology, skills progression and teaching approaches presented in the Toolkit. Click here for more information and how to book

English: Speaking, listening and communication

This course focuses on developing learners’ speech, language and communication skills for English and maths teaching and learning and there is a specific focus on supporting SEND and neuro-diverse learners. Click here for more information and how to book

Maths

Maths: getting the basics right

This course will support practitioners to plan practical teaching approaches to support their learners, looking particularly at the maths skills which are often seen as ‘basic’ but that many learners have not learned effectively.  Click here for more information and how to book

Maths: key topics learners find challenging

This course will investigate the maths topics learners find challenging and consider strategies to support learning. A range of resources and best practice approaches will be discussed. Throughout the training structuring learning to encourage learners to tackle, remember and secure their learning will be considered.  Click here for more information and how to book

Maths: level crossing

During this course practitioners will have the opportunity to discuss strategies to support their learners to move their learning forward to be successful with both GCSE and Functional Skills maths. This includes tackling problem-solving questions, keeping learners motivated and looking at some of the key issues as to why supporting learners to re-sit successfully can be so challenging.  Click here for more information and how to book

Digital

English and maths digital pedagogies

This course explores a range of digital approaches, e-learning tools and websites for use in teaching Functional Maths and English. It aims to give participants an opportunity to widen their perspectives on how teachers can use digital technology to engage and support learners both in the classroom and in the development of blended learning. Click here for more information and how to book

Supporting ESOL learners

Supporting ESOL on English courses

This course aims to support teachers of GCSE and Functional Skills English who have ESOL learners in their groups and need to ensure their approaches are inclusive and prepare all learners, including ESOL, to make progress. Click here for more information and how to book

Supporting ESOL on Maths courses

This course aims to investigate the importance of language in developing numeracy/ maths skills and to develop strategies to support ESOL learners with their maths learning. Click here for more information and how to book

Supporting ESOL on Vocational/ Technical courses

Integrating the development of English skills within vocational programmes has now become both an established support model and a key indicator of high-quality teaching across the curriculum; ESOL learners have particular support needs in terms of both spoken and written English. This one-day course sets out to explore how practitioners working with ESOL learners can meet those needs through a range of embedded teaching strategies. Click here for more information and how to book

SEND and Neurodiversity

SEND and neurodiversity: approaches to support English and maths learners

This course focuses on practical strategies and reasonable adjustments for supporting SEND learners on English and maths courses and builds on the social model of disability in so far as it is the barriers created by attitudes or the physical environment that disable an individual, rather than their impairment or condition. Click here for more information and how to book

Approaches to supporting the diverse needs of maths and English learners

This course focuses on supporting differentiation on maths and English courses, in terms of learners’ prior knowledge and experience of their subject, through non-linear curriculum planning and meeting the needs of learners with different levels of self-belief and resilience. Click here for more information and how to book

Functional Skills

Supporting Functional Skills Learners (English)

This course will help participants to develop a range of strategies to help learners studying for Functional Skills English level 1 and level 2. The course focuses on the key areas which examiners and tutors have identified as being areas learners find more challenging. The course will use a range of everyday texts as used in the examinations to explore how to develop learners reading and writing skills. Click here for more information and how to book

Supporting Functional Skills Learners (Maths)

This course will introduce you to a variety of contextual materials and activities that may be used to develop learners’ Functional Maths abilities. Help you to identify how and why context matters when developing learners’ Functional maths. Enable you to plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional maths sessions meeting Effective Practice Guidelines for assessment and tracking and help you to support learners to achieve Functional maths outcomes. Click here for more information and how to book

Specialist Courses

The specialist customised courses shown below are offered at heavily subsidised rate. You’ll have the opportunity to work with one of the Regional Specialist Leads both before and after the course, and we’ll help you identify how you can address any issues your organisation may be facing. For full details of pricing and to book, please see our course booking form

GCSE re-sits: develop your practice (Level 5 module)

For GCSE re-sits: develop your practice (Level 5 module) maths course details please follow this link.

For GCSE re-sits: develop your practice (Level 5 module) English course details please follow this link.

Teaching Functional Skills Level 5 CPD module

These courses will ensure that those responsible for teaching Functional Skills English/ maths are conversant with effective practice and have the confidence to teach Functional English/ maths to learners with skills below level 2 and support their achievement.  For full details of pricing and to book in-house courses, please see our course booking formFor individual bookings please contact our team.

Bespoke courses

Bespoke courses are specially designed ‘in-house blended learning courses’ that aim to meet the specific CPD needs of your organisation. Where several organisations have discussed or suggested similar training needs or requirements, individual bespoke courses may also be converted into ‘open, bookable courses’, enabling collaborative CPD and a shared exploration of specific areas of teaching, learning and assessment practice.   Just simply let us know what you need on our course booking form and we will be in touch.

Intervention Packages

A bespoke model of review and support for providers for maths and English provision offering services such as:

• Observation and feedback

• Team planning

• Team teaching

This would require an initial meeting to determine the needs of the organisation and identify the ‘topic area’ (i.e. attendance, tracking and differentiation…) and for the consultant to recommend what the rest of the ‘package’ might look like. Following this could be a determined number of days working on the above plus day(s) of training.

Further help and information

For further advice on professional development opportunities in maths and English, please contact your Regional Specialist Lead

You may also like to take a look at the CPD opportunities available at Foundation Online Learning